In case anyone missed it while recovering from overdoing it on New Year’s Eve, New York City now has an unabashedly socialist mayor. Bill DeBlasio was sworn in January 1, and, among other socialist bromides, promised in his inaugural spiel the dystopian-sounding “One City:”
So let me be clear. When I said we would take dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities, I meant it. And we will do it. I will honor the faith and trust you have placed in me. And we will give life to the hope of so many in our city. We will succeed as One City.
DeBlasio’s plan is to
eat tax the rich, and give out classic liberal feel-goods: universal pre-Kindergarten; after-school day care, free dope. Well, perhaps not the last – yet.
Same-old, same-old, only this time it will likely adversely impact the very people Mayor Mao claims to champion: the poor, the minorities. Those most likely to see a prompt return to those bad old days of the 1970s and 80s.
One ray of hope is that deBlasio, although he is a dedicated pro-communist leftist, may also be sane: His choice for Police Commissioner, Bill Bratton (sorry, Frank Reagan was not available), was Rudy Guiliani’s PC, and was instrumental in the sharp reduction in crime during the 1990s.
However, Bill deBlasio is no Rudy; he will not back his PC as Rudy did. No, Bratton will have to coddle criminals if they are members of approved ethnic or racial minorities. As witness, the local CBS outlet, a reliably left-leaning enterprise, reported that
Bratton’s biggest challenge will be to keep crime numbers down while reducing the department’s stop-and-frisk program.
Yes, of course. We’ll eliminate one of the best means of preventing crime, but we’ll be ever-vigilant in weeping after the victims. Who will be, for the most part, harmed by this? Well, figures for 2012 show that for the worst crimes (murder and manslaughter), over 85% of victims are black or hispanic.
Oh well; would rather see more brown- and black-skin dead folks than appear to be harassing them. Which appears to be how the left thinks.
Good luck to Mayor deBlasio; may he soon be mugged by the reality that he so far in his career has been blind to.